24th March 2007

Spring is in the air on a walk across the Dodds from Dockray


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 15.40
Duration 6 hr 20 min
Distance 12.5 mile
Ascent 2900 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Dockray - Brown Hills - Birkett Fell - Hart Side - White Stones - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Clough Head - White Pike - Old Coach Road - High Row - Dockray
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Dockray

There is only room for 4 or 5 cars here. Despite that, I've always been fortunate enough to get parked here. I'm not sure where most people head when they park here, but I have to admit, on every occasion I've headed straight across the road and onto the fell in the Watermillock Common area.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Heading onto the open grassy fellside just outside Dockray.

Only a couple of minutes after starting the walk and it was already starting to warm up nicely; giving the morning a real feeling that Spring is definitely on its way. With only a few patches of snow hanging on to the hillside above the village just to remind us of the weather we had last weekend.

Sunshine making the water sparkle behind one of the Ullswater steamers.

Looking over Glencoyne Park to Gowbarrow Fell.

This section of the walk follows a narrow path next to the wall above Glencoyne Park, where you get some fantastic views along Ullswater. Although to today proved to be a little too hazy for us to take full advantage of the views on offer.

Glencoyne Head taken somewhere around the point where we started to follow the steep path (next to a wall) leading straight to Birkett Fell.

Heading up to Birkett Fell along what was probably the steepest part of the whole walk. Having said that, even this section could possibly, , , almost, , , nearly, , , be described as easy going.

Birkett Fell with Hart Side behind.

I'm probably correct in saying that we'd all like to have "something" named after us, so that long after we're gone there'll be at least one lasting reminder to future generations that we actually existed. And if ever anyone deserved this then surely it was Lord Birkett of Ulverston. As recently as 1963 this fell was named after this man who was instrumental in preventing Ullswater from being turned into a reservoir.

Stybarrow Dodd seen from Hart Side.

Looking back to Hart Side.

A hazy view across to Catstye Cam, Helvellyn, Helvellyn Lower Man and Raise.

Stybarrow Dodd's summit showing a thick band of cloud / haze over the Northern fells. The fell to the left of the summit ( with the path on it ) is Watson's Dodd.

"Well done you three, come on now, try to keep in step with each other". Andrew, Anne and Jennifer heading or rather marching towards Watson's Dodd.

And from Watson's Dodd summit, looking ahead to Great Dodd.

Jennifer at Great Dodd summit cairn, found a minute or so walk from the shelter which is often mistaken for the highest point.

Leaving Great Dodd and heading to Calfhow Pike; the little rocky knoll seen at the centre of this picture. Clough Head is just to the right of the photo.

The sheepfold below Calfhow Pike and the path leading to Clough Head. This path always seems a lot harder than it should; probably because it's usually done towards the end of an already long walk.

Clough Head summit in front of Blencathra.

Just below Clough Head is the rocky outcrop of White Pike, which along with Calfhow Pike was the only rocky bit on today's walk.

Heading down from White Pike to the Old Coach Road; seen here stretching out below the ridge on the right of the picture.

"What do you mean we still have to walk all the way along there? I thought Clough Head was the last fell on this walk". "It is the last fell, but I never said anything about it being close to the car".

Up, up and away. Well, not quite up, more across, across and away. All right then I'll be totally honest; forget the away bit altogether, it was just across, across and, , well, just across really.
"If at first you don't succeed" springs to mind.

Mariel Bridge.

Barbaryrigg Fold found next to the Old Coach Road. The fell in the background is Great Mell Fell.

The footbridge over Groove Beck.

The last mile of today's walk was on the road between High Row and Dockray where we got some more warm sunshine and some nice views across to Gowbarrow Fell.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks